“Vijay sir himself played a very progressive man in Theri”

Actor Rahul Ravindran, who is also the husband of singer Chinmayi, registered his views on the Dhanya Rajendran vs Vijay fans incident in a sensible, level-headed statement.

“And as far as misogyny in cinema is concerned, it was rampant throughout the country for decades. People didn’t even realise it was wrong. It took time for us as a nation to wake up to the evils of such conditioning. Not just cinema but our very society. But it is changing. Vijay sir himself played a very progressive man in Theri, for example. Many actors are beginning to speak up and take a stand.

Some aren’t fond of picking up a microphone for everything and are participating in the change more silently. Let’s encourage that change so that more actors, directors and common folk become more self-aware and join the change,” he said.

“Having said that, I think it’s unfair to expect an actor to apologise. People fight about their favourite stars in every street corner and household. Best of friends end up abusing each other. What next, we should expect actors to stand in every street corner and apologise every time a quarrel breaks out? Besides, apologising once will make them vulnerable to all kinds of undesirable situations.

If an actor responds once, it will become obligatory to start responding every time there’s an unsavoury incident. Am sure everyone has more constructive things to do with their time. And if am right, the victim in this case herself never demanded that. Her issue was only with abusers,” he added.

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